Yes, I’m finally reviewing this. You’ve probably heard all praises about this already. Time to hear it all just once more.
Let’s start with the basics. You get 16 eyeshadows which include 8 mattes and 8 shimmer shades. Should keep everyone happy! Excellent colour selection which would work on all skintones. Also a good mix of warm and cool toned shades without being too extreme.
The consistency is very buttery smooth. It almost feels creamy when you touch them. I find them creamier than the Urban Decay eyeshadows and the L’oreal Infallible ones.
Except for 2-3 of the lighter matte shades, you get full payoff in one swipe. For someone with very pigmented lids, that’s pretty great. They’re very pigmented and it’s more pronounced with the shimmery shades.
These do kick up a lot of powder when you swirl your brush. But it’s not more than what happens with Urban Decay eyeshadows. You can reduce this by swiping the brush across it flat. But overall, a mess (in the palette) is inevitable. If you are having trouble with fall out on the lid while applying, try using less colour and building up the shadow. Loading your brush with a lot of pigment will make a mess.
I don’t really need to use a primer with these. they don’t crease on me. I’d suggest using a matte eyeshadow first and a shimmer shade over it if that’s an issue. These also blend together very well. These last a very long time on me, almost 8-10 hours. I’ve worn them to weddings, days when I’m out till late at night and I’m very happy with the results!
More details about individual shades are below but overall, my most used shades are Taupe, Gold, Sable and Garnet. I’m also glad I can finally stop using Mac Carbon because the matte Black shade in here is soo much better!
I’m not a 100% thrilled with the packaging. It’s really slim and sleek but because it’s cardboard it does feel a bit flimsy. But I can live with it, it’s not a major con for me. You get a net of 8.8g which comes down to 0.55g per eyeshadow. That’s quite a bit less than Urban Decay which is 1.3g per eyeshadow. Overall, $42 seems justified considering the amount of shadows and a more diverse range of colours.
- White (M) : Pure white which I’ve honestly not used at all! One of the not so pigmented shades.
- Cream (M) : I’ve used this on my brow bones sometimes, it’s a bit more natural to use than white
- Taupe (M) : This has pretty much replaced Urban Decay Buck on an everyday basis. It’s a perfect all over the lid shade for me. I like that it’s warm but not too red.
- Lt. Pink (M) : This would be perfect for those who want to create a pink eye look. Personally I don’t find much use for it.
- Nude (S) : From these lighter shades, I prefer Lt. Bronze but I use this on my brow bone the most. The shimmer here is a lot finer than other shades.
- Champagne (S) : The shimmer here feels a bit chunkier than Nude. Perfect inner corner highlight shade.
- Gold (S) : Very similar to Mac Amber Lights. It’s the perfect amount of yellow for gold. It looks so rich on the eyes.
- Lt. Bronze (S) : A bit similar to Mac All That Glitters, it’s great for a shimmery look. It really brightens the eye area.
- Mauve (M) : It’s very cool toned but it looks almost rosy on me. I like using this with Lt. Bronze and Espresso.
- Sable (M) : This one is lovely warm toned brown. This with Taupe gives a really nice simple matte eye look for everyday.
- Espresso (M) : I love this, I don’t have anything like it. It’s a very very cool toned brown. It’s a great substitute for black if you feel like that’s too dark. Amazing outer corner shade.
- Black (M) : Goodbye Mac Carbon, you’ve been replaced. I love how pigmented this is. Lately when I’m going out I love doing a smokey eye with Gold and Black. The part where it blends turns into a really nice antique gold kind of shade.
- Pewter (S) : Pewter is the no fuss shimmer shade. It’ll go with any of the colours which also makes this a great transition shade.
- Garnet (S) : Soooo pretty! Think Mac Coppering but more intense! I can’t always make shades that are too red work for me but I like using a much darker shade like Espresso or Deep Purple along with it.
- Deep Purple (S) : It’s a dark purple but depending on the lighting the shimmer varies. I could detect silver, gold, light pink. It’s stunning!
- Slate (S) : Not quite silver but more steel which leans a bit blue. Compared to the rest of the palette it’s a nice contrasting shade.
Lt. Bronze on the inner corner, Gold all over the lid, light wash of Black in the outer corner, Taupe on the crease
The really difficult question though : What would I choose? Urban Decay Naked 1 or Lorac Pro?
Umm… Sorry, I can’t give a straight answer! If you strictly want neutrals, go for UD Naked. But if you also want some more colour choices, it’s got to be Lorac PRO. Whew!